Appel: ACL 2012 Workshop on Detecting Structure in Scholarly

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed Nov 30 15:02:09 UTC 2011

Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 11:42:31 +0100
From: "Sandor, Agnes" <Agnes.Sandor at>
Message-ID: <4ED36597.2040509 at>

ACL 2012 Workshop on

Detecting Structure in Scholarly Discourse, DSSD2012

July 12, 2012
International Convention Center Jeju
Republic of Korea
Submission deadline: March 11, 2012

The detection of discourse structure in scientific documents is
important for a number of tasks, including biocuration efforts, text
summarization, error correction, information extraction and the creation
of enriched formats for scientific publishing. Currently, many parallel
efforts exist to detect a range of discourse elements at different
levels of granularity and for different purposes. Discourse elements
detected include the statement of facts, claims and hypotheses, the
identification of methods and protocols, and as the differentiation
between new and existing work. In medical texts, efforts are underway to
automatically identify prescription and treatment guidelines, patient
characteristics, and to annotate research data. Ambitious long-term
goals include the modeling of argumentation and rhetorical structure and
more recently narrative structure, by recognizing ‘motifs’ inspired by
folktale analysis.

A rich variety of feature classes is used to identify discourse
elements, including verb tense/mood/voice, semantic verb class,
speculative language or negation, various classes of stance markers,
text-structural components, or the location of references. These
features are motivated by linguistic inquiry into the detection of
subjectivity, opinion, entailment, inference, but also author stance and
author disagreement, motif and focus.

The goal of the 2012 workshop “Detecting Structure in Scholarly
Discourse” is to discuss and compare the techniques and principles
applied in these various approaches, to consider ways in which they can
complement each other, and to initiate collaborations to develop
standards for annotating appropriate levels of discourse, with enhanced
accuracy and usefulness.

We are inviting submissions of long papers describing original research
work that span the range from theory to application, including research
on and the practice of manual and automated annotation systems, and
discuss questions like the following:

- What correlations can be demonstrated among document structure,
  argumentation and rhetorical functions?

- What are the text linguistic and philosophical motivations
  underpinning current efforts to identify discourse structure? Are the
  assumptions made by current text processing tools supported by
  discourse linguistic research; are there unused opportunities for
  fruitful cross-fertilization?

- Can we port parallel efforts from neighboring fields, such as motifs
  in folktale research, to annotate and detect narrative structures?

- Which discourse annotation schemes are the most portable? Can they be
  applied to both full papers and abstracts? Can they be applied to
  texts in different domains and different genres (research papers,
  reviews, patents, etc)?

- How can we compare annotations, and how can we decide which features,
  approaches or techniques work best? What are the most topical use
  cases? How can we evaluate performance and what are the most
  appropriate tasks?

- What corpora are currently available for comparing and contrasting
  discourse annotation, and how can we improve and increase these?

- How applicable are discourse annotation efforts for improving methods
  of publishing, detecting and correcting authors’ errors at the
  discourse level, or summarizing scholarly text? How close are we to
  implementing them at a production scale?

Important Dates

March 11, 2012   submission deadline
April 15, 2012   notification of acceptance
April 30, 2012   camera-ready paper
July 12, 2012   workshop

Submission guidelines:

Please use ACL style files listed in
Authors are requested to submit their abstracts at:

The accepted papers will be published in the DSSD2012 Workshop Proceedings

Organizing Committee:
Sophia Ananiadou, National Centre for Text Mining and University of Manchester
Antal van den Bosch, Radboud University Nijmegen
Ágnes Sándor, Xerox Research Europe, Grenoble
Hagit Shatkay, University of Delaware
Anita de Waard, Elsevier Labs/Utrecht University

Contact:  Anita de Waard, Disruptive Technology Director, Elsevier Labs
           a.dewaard AT

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